Due: November 13
Medium is a relatively new web publishing platform that puts the emphasis on longer form opinion/analysis writing. It is something of the anti-Twitter in that way.
Time on task: 30-60 minutes
- Identify at least five ideas for contributions you might make to Medium. (For now, don’t worry so much about how the idea ties in with anything we’ve read!)
- Start from what you know or from what interests you.
- Totally lost? Spend 15 minutes (yes, 15 minutes!) scrolling through the “Top stories” in Medium.
- Not totally lost but unsure if your ideas are any good? Use Medium’s search tool to see how others have approached some of your ideas. (Come up empty in search? Follow a friend’s guidelines for searching Medium.
- Post your ideas as a reply here.
- Let’s say that I’m interested in steel roadbikes from the 1980s.
- I know a little about these things and own a few, though I’m no expert and I’m not really a collector.
- Medium search yields a collection called “Vintage Bicycles.” Who knew? There aren’t many articles in the collection. This might be a collection to get published in, should I write an article that fits.
- I use the “Don’t Let Medium Search Get You Down” tips and run an advanced Google search. It turns up 82 results in Medium.com, including another collection called Medium Bicycles.
- I skim through some of the articles in my Google results and in both these collections, and I get an idea to fulfill this assignment.
- There’s an ’80s movie called Breaking Away that’s set in the college town of Bloomington, Indiana, and cycling is one of the threads that runs through the film. I can pair my interest in old steel road bikes with the issue of college OR the tension that plays out in the film as it leads up to the climax of a bike race that’s a tradition at the school. One idea down in about five minutes of thinking and search.
- Later, after a little thinking, I decide that Nathan might be a way to think about this. I also think that perhaps Gee’s ideas might give me a way to write about the tension in the film. I begin to look online and in a library database to see what might be written about the representation of college or the tension in the film. I also add the film to my Netflix queue so I can watch it again.